United States Institute of Peace - 2012-09-13
Looking northwest at the United States Institute of Peace building on Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.
The structure was designed by Israelie architect Moshe Safdie, and is his first building in the United States. Completed in March 2011, it won enormous widespread praise for its innovative design and environmental friendliness.
The building is in the shape of a gigantic inverted letter U (with the open arms pointed south). A huge atrium lies between the two wings, with a glass curtain wall sealing off the south end. A gigantic white curved metal awning in the symbolic shape of a dove sits atop the structure, and forms the roof over the atrium.
A third block-like wing was built along an east-west axis along the northwest corner of the building. it juts somewhat beyond the western north-south wing. Another giant white curving form (akin to a cornucopia which has been sliced in half horizontally) helps conceal the joint between the wings.